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The EPA might change the way it weighs human health against industry profit

Now's your chance to submit an official comment.
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How much money should a human life be worth?

The public has until July 13 to comment on how the Environmental Protection Agency balances its checkbooks to decide how regulations that protect public health stack up against industry costs, a process known as cost-benefit analysis.

Industry groups have long complained about cost-benefit analyses, which agency administrator Scott Pruitt referred to in a June 7 EPA call for comments in advance of proposed changes to the accounting process.

“Many have complained that the previous administration inflated the benefits and underestimated the costs of its

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